Author: Tshepo Mmusi

Area: Jouberton

Date: 13 July 2021

Unemployment is one of the major challenges facing South Africa today. Many people are unable to put food on the table and they are living their lives in abject poverty. The people who are hit most by unemployment are youth between the ages of 18 to 35. By the end of 2020 unemployment amongst youth was standing at 55.7% and today it is sitting at over 70% to which economically is an abnormal rate.

On the 12th of July 2021 young people of extension 1 in Jouberton took it to the street and Vuselela FET College, demanding the college to employ them in every department within the college. They chanted revolutionary songs and stormed the campus demanding to see the campus manager to hear their grievances. Mr.  Masemola who is the campus manager was not available to hear what they wanted to present, and one of the staff members communicated with him about the matter and he indicated that he will be available on the 15th of July to can meet with protesters representatives.

Meanwhile the frustrated and angry youth interrupted bulk sewer and water construction activities and chased their workers and those working for the college away. One of the protesters by the name of Malepe Mosime indicated that the college employs people from outside Klerksdorp leaving them out. He stressed that this was a follow up protest, they started protesting from last week Friday and that they will continue until their demands are met.